Audi RS 3 Sportback Another Excellent Hatchback We Won't Get

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Audi has announced that it will unveil the latest addition to its RS lineup at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the 400 hp RS 3 Sportback.

Like the RS 3 Sedan that was revealed at the Paris Auto Show last year, the Sportback will feature the world’s most powerful five-cylinder engine, making 33 horsepower more than its predecessor and 354 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the RS 3 Sportback is typically not available in North America, but the sedan version will luckily make it to our shores.

Along with the power, the new RS 3 Sportback is 57 pounds lighter than the car it replaces, and an inch wider and lower than the standard A3 Sportback.

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Power is routed to all four wheels via Audi’s seven-speed S tronic transmission. With variable torque splitting, the faster you drive, the more power is sent to the rear wheels.

Audi will fit the RS 3 Sportback with 19-inch cast wheels, and optional 12.2-inch carbon ceramic brake discs. Inside, Audi has installed a lap timer, boost pressure indicator, and shift lights.

The Audi RS 3 Sportback will be unveiled alongside the RS 5 DTM at Geneva and order books are set to open in Europe in April.

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Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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